Focal Clear Mg Professional: A new standard for studio headphones?
Focal has announced the Clear Mg Professional headphones. Positioned as high-end reference headphones for audio engineers and producers, the Focal Clear Mg Professional continues where the original Clear Professional left off and improves on it with new materials and an updated design. What else is new?
Focal Clear Mg Professional
Like the original Clear Professional, the new Mg variant is based on Focal’s 40 mm fullrange drivers with M-shaped inverted domes. But this time around, the French manufacturer makes the cones out of pure magnesium, driven by 1-inch frameless copper voice coils. Focal claims that this new design offers extreme precision and a remarkable tonal balance. They also say that the new magnesium cones offer greater dynamics, improved bass articulation and a high level of detail.
The Focal Clear Mg Professional features an open-back, over-ear design. The open grille inside the earcups follows the M profile of the cones, which further reduces adverse effects, Focal claims. The outside of the earcups now features a honeycomb pattern, which creates a sensation of openness and aids with spatial imaging, according to the manufacturer.
Focal also says that the Clear Mg Professional offers exceptional wearing comfort and balance. The rotating mechanisms have been moved inside the solid aluminum yoke, which is covered in a scratch-resistant black paint. The manufacturer claims that the memory foam earpads offer excellent sealing against acoustic leakage below the ears, which would otherwise lead to a loss of bass.
All of this sounds quite impressive, but at a price point around $1500, the expectations are also quite high. Once the reviews start to come in, we’ll know if the Clear Mg Professional delivers on these promises.
The headphones ship with a rigid carrying case and two OFC 24 AWG copper cables (straight and spiral).
Price and availability
You can now pre-order the Clear Mg Professional from Thomann.de* for €1499. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in March.